Referee : Andre Marriner
Please note this is one of a large series of ref reviews – a series that started some four years ago, with the reviews undertaken by numerous qualified referees.
With ref Marinner we had one of the more experienced refs in the PL and one of the better. On paper. And one that I rate rather high from all the refs in the PL.
But I had the impression that he was not really focused from the start and missed a foul on Monreal when Long came in late and clipped the ankle of Monreal. Monreal played on in the match but after that match it became clear he was injured and only now is coming back.
Another bad miss was the not given offside when Pelle attacked Martinez and the ref ended up giving a corner to Southampton. That decision was wrong and also the decision from the assistant to not raise his flag when Pelle was clearly offside and attacked the keeper.
Last talking point from my part is the foul from Wanyama on Alexis where the first one kicked the latter on the calf with no chance of playing the ball. Ref should have booked him for that.
The first half score was rather low for a ref like Marinner. A score of only 66% and when we put weight on the decisions it goes down to 65%. Only one yellow card correct from the important decisions so a score of only 25% on that.
In the second half he missed a yellow card against Cazorla. Cazorla ended up on the foot of Tadic and should have been booked by the ref. Another miss was when he gave a handball against Chambers when the ball clearly hit his chest. But not really important fouls and his misses always almost on the same spot on the field. Bad positioning maybe?
But then we entered the final minutes. And suddenly it went completely wrong.
How on earth that the ref didn’t raise an eyebrow, let alone his whistle to his mouth when the Southampton defender clearly punched the ball away from Giroud with his hand is something I cannot understand. His hands were not in a natural positioning, he was not protecting his face or any other vulnerable part of his body. He just jumped and punched the ball away.
Now as a reviewer I then look at the ref and see if he has the intention to give it or not. And to my amazement he clearly never showed any signal that he wanted to blow a penalty. I really was amazed by that.
That really was beyond me. Lucky for Arsenal Ramsey got on to the ball and Alexis finished it off. Because otherwise that would have been one of the biggest errors made by a ref in an Arsenal match. And I have seen a few over the years.
It was as if Marinner was determined not to give a penalty to Arsenal as minutes later Alexis was fouled inside the penalty area and the ref gave a corner. It wasn’t a corner as Alexis played the ball. But that really was something to see two blatant penalties being denied by the ref within minutes.
And it is not because Arsenal won the match in the end that we shouldn’t mention such errors once again. We want good decisions and fair decisions. But Arsenal didn’t get them on the day. Once again.
The score of the ref in the second half was 65% and when we put weight on it it goes down to 55%. If we only look at the important decisions it drops to 28%. Very poor.
The total score over the whole 90 minutes gives the ref a score of 65% and when we put weight on it he only got 59%. When we look at the important decisions we only find a score of 27% correct.
And that for a ref who in general has high scores when it comes to important decisions. But this he really was piss poor on the important decisions. And that is very unlike the usual Marinner.
It sure does show that when a PGMO ref has to do an Arsenal match there seems to be something changing in them…..
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